Fae Raven

I actually can’t believe I have left it this long to share any of the images (other than our cosplay publication) I shot of Fae Raven!

This beauty & I first worked together when I was back in university, about 11 years ago. We then worked together a year later when I was putting a charity calendar together to raise money for the Sophie Lancaster foundation – Fae was my February.

Fae hadn’t shot in a while since this shoot, but you wouldn’t have thought it. She is a complete natural, and so lovely to work with!

We shot such a variety that day. Did a bit of lingerie with natural light, shot some latex by Shhh Couture, they even made us a lovely green bikini shoot! and did a little bit of cosplay. It was honestly such an effortless shoot, and was so lovely to work with again after all this time. I can’t wait for us to arrange something else in the future!

Check out the gallery below!

JL x


It is Known - Femme Rebelle Magazine

It is July, and I can finally share with the images I shot back at the end of May with the awesome Halatirno

The reason it has taken so long is because I submitted them to Femme Rebelle Magazine, as I was so proud of this shoot and what Gulli and I had created. She made the gorgeous blue dress you see, plus the grey accessories to go with it. I was kindly sent the Scalemail accessories from the talented designer It Is Known all the way from New York. She had approached me about a collaboration, and I did not even need to hesitate as her work is gorgeous. I was also sent the beautiful crown by Pretty Peculiar, which went well with the whole outfit.

Make sure to check out the full issue, but below is the tearsheets featuring our images.

I really love how these shots in the green dress & gold headpiece from Pretty Peculiar came out. These were not submitted, as they didn’t feature the scalemaile, and it was a last look we did just to end our day of shooting. 

Below, you can find the rest of the images from this shoot. I shot quite a bit, and wanted to showcase Guillis blue dress as best as I could, especially as she had made it so it was customisable, and bits could be removed or moved around to style it differently.

If you look even further down, you can find a little behind the scenes video I did from the day.

Make sure to give everyone I mentioned a follow across social media 🙂

JL

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I am still here!

I am still here!

I honestly can’t believe I have left it this long since I last updated! Life has just kind of flown by in the past few months and here we are already in June!

I have been busy with both my retouching job, but also it has been so lovely being able to work with other people on shoots since restrictions were lifted! I had my first shoot of 2021 back in April with Lily Omen (pictured right), and have been trying to shoot most weekends since! I have managed to do a bit of self shooting as well on the side of that, but honestly, I haven’t really had the time or the desire to as much now I have new faces to work with.

My shoot with Lily was fantastic, and we had never worked together before which was lovely. She was wonderful to work with, and we got so much done in the time that we had which was amazing. I am really hoping our paths cross again soon! I then shot with another new face to me, also in April, by the name of Olivia, who is also a latex designer under the name Lil’ Sweetheart Shop. She is someone that is fairly local to me, and we hit it off almost immediately. We shot a few of her designs, and although she is fairly new to modelling, she was lovely to work with and settled into it really quickly.

Lastly in April, I finally got to work with the pin up beauty that is Stephanie Jay. We have had plans to work together for a while now, and did have something booked in for last year until the C word scarpered those plans. But finally managed to get something in after lockdown, and we had a great shoot, she is such a pro. I really hope we can work together again.

Then in May, I got to do 2 more shoots I have had in the works for a while. Because of no conventions, I have really missed photographing cosplayers. I only managed one cosplay shoot in 2020, and I have been desperate to do more. So when Beyond Believing approached me last year about shooting her genderbent Geralt from Witcher, I jumped at the chance! Not only is it one of my favourite games, but her cosplay is based off of the Netflix series which I absolutely love! I found the perfect location that wasn’t too far from me, and we also really lucked out with the weather day, as the weather had been awful in the run up to it. We also shot a bit of Geralt back in my studio, plus some fitness looks as Nieke is a cross fitter. We got some really fab shots that day, and I also did a behind the scenes video which you can find below.

Check out the gallery below featuring some shots from the shoots I have done these past couple of months!

Behind the scenes video with Beyond Believing Cosplay.

My last shoot for May was with Halatirno. Again, this was another that had been planned for a while, but restrictions had prevented it from happening.

I contacted Gulli when I had a designer in America sending me some gorgeous scale mail items to shoot. Last year we shot some beautiful photos with a chainmail hood, so I knew instantly she would be perfect for this. She went to amazing lengths and crafted the most stunning gown just for our shoot! Again, I managed to find the perfect location for this and we had the most amazing weather for the day too.

I am still working my way through all the images, but here is a shot taken from my computer screen, plus some behind the scenes & location shots.

I will have plenty to share once all edited, plus I did another behind the scenes video.

I will try not to leave it so long until my next update!

JL x


Birthday & Valentines Shoot

It has been a few weeks! I don’t know where the time is going. I am busy with work, have been suffering with migraines and also in the middle of more renovations, so everything is a bit hectic!

With the news we got yesterday regarding the roadmap to ending lockdown, things feel more positive and hopefully we can start to get back to normal. I have my first vaccination this week as well.

I am really excited to start being able to see people again, and get shoots booked in and work with fellow creatives! My studio is currently being redecorated, so will be all finished once restrictions start to lift. But, because it’s currently being decorated, that means I just haven’t had the time or space to shoot, as everything from the two rooms we are working on, is spread out around my house until we finish.

I did however shoot some bits before my studio was out of action. It was my birthday at the end of January, so I shot a little look for that. I also did some looks for valentines day which I really enjoyed doing!

I have had Mad Love’s Harley Quinn on my to do list for a while, and I even made her cork gun for the shoot as well, the cowl & mask I bought online. I also wanted to do a cupid look, and had purchased some cushion filling to create clouds, which I have seen people use before, but I was really amazed at how well it worked! I then photoshopped in some clouds behind me to make it really look like I was up in the skyI. I really loved how these turned out, and are probably some of my favourite self shot images so far. I also did a bodysuit look utilising the natural light that my studio gets at golden hour. I only managed to get a few as I had just finished shooting cupid, so didn’t have a lot of time before the light went.

I am hoping to be able to start shooting again next month, but I don’t want to rush getting my studio/office just how I want it, so I am going to take my time with it!

I hope everyone is keeping well, and hopefully all this soon will be a distant memory!

JL

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What I've Been Upto...

What I've Been Upto...

I didn’t realise it has been a month since my last post, I have no idea where May has gone! I have spent the month working mostly, due to people in my department at my day job being on furlough. In all honesty, I am enjoying the freedom of working from home, its nice to be in my own space and I have found I have been far more productive.

I haven’t shot much throughout May, I just wasn’t feeling inspired to do any looks, and actually just felt a bit run down. I did however, shoot some new looks at the weekend for June, as I got a bit of a creative buzz back which was nice.

The one thing I had been making sure to get out and do more last month was walking. I really got into my fitness last year, mostly doing weights, but my steps have always suffered due to working a desk job. I started really well at the start of the year, going out on my lunch breaks for walks, walking the dog every evening, but then I kind of stopped and was barely hitting 4k steps a day. I now aim for at least 10. I get up early and do a 2 mile walk first thing with Luna, and then we go out for another mile in the evening. I am making sure to get up and just take a walk around the house to get away from my screen as well.

During one of these walks, I took my SLR with me. Every month since we have had Luna I have taken her photo professionally. I obviously have tonnes of photos on my phone, but I like to try and capture her properly to document how she changes.

I took these on one of our walks. We are quite fortunate to live in such a beautiful area that is surrounded by nature, and this one absolutely loves the sunshine and being outside!

I did get round to doing a couple of looks, nothing as dramatic as previous, and also doing something I haven’t done for a while, which is shoot portraits with natural light. I actually forgot how much I love natural light. I had planned to do more of it this year, but then Covid-19 happened, and literally all of my shoot plans have just gone out of the window, and I am just having to do self stuff for the time being.

I first did a sport lingerie set, where the main source of light is to my left which is our bedroom window. I really liked this set, and due to getting into fitness I have found more body confidence. I used to do lingerie stuff back when I modelled, so this wasn’t anything new for me.

Second look I did was just sort of a Outfit of the Day look inspired for World Goth Day, which falls on the 22nd of May. I was kindly gifted the harness from Basque & Glory, and wanted to incorporate it into a look for that. I shot this in my dining room with the main light source being the window in front of me. I am quite fortunate that I have big windows in my house, so the lighting is always lovely…its just a pain when having to get curtains & blinds!

I can’t wait to show you what I shot the weekend just gone. Another natural light lingerie look  with another new hair colour! Plus a couple of studio looks with gels!

JL x